Book Review: Soundless by Richelle Mead

24751478Edition: Paperback, 266 pages
Published By: Penguin Books
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Rating: 2 stars
Completed: 20th April 2017

In a village without sound…

For as long as Fei can remember, no one in her village has been able to hear. Rocky terrain and frequent avalanches make it impossible to leave the village, so Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.

When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink. Many go hungry. Fei and all the people she loves are plunged into crisis, with nothing to look forward to but darkness and starvation.

One girl hears a call to action…

Until one night, Fei is awoken by a searing noise. Sound becomes her weapon.

She sets out to uncover what’s happened to her and to fight the dangers threatening her village. A handsome miner with a revolutionary spirit accompanies Fei on her quest, bringing with him new risks and the possibility of romance. They embark on a majestic journey from the peak of their jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth will change their lives forever…

And unlocks a power that will save her people.

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I was already fully aware that this book has a lot of mixed review – mostly negative, which is the reason why I wasn’t that interested in reading it because I trust the reviews. However this was a Christmas gift so I had to read it. My friend knew I enjoyed the Vampire Academy series a lot and thought I’d like this one. I thought oh its only 266 pages; it can’t be that bad, right? It was.

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Book Review: The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

6547260Edition: Paperback, 763 pages
Published by: Gollancz, 21st August 2007
Genre: Epic Fantasy, Fiction, High Fantasy
Completed: 9th June 2016

The impossible has happened. The Lord Ruler is dead has been vanquished. But so too is Kelsier the man who masterminded the triumph. The awesome task of rebuilding the world has been left to his protege Vin; a one-time street urchin, now the most powerful Mistborn in the land.

Worryingly for her Vin has become the focus of a new religion, a development that leaves her intensely uneasy. More worryingly still the mists have become unpredictable since the Lord Ruler died and a strage vaprous entity is stalking Vin.

As the siege of Luthadel intensifies the ancient legend of the Well of Ascension offers the only glimmer of hope. But no-one knows where it is or what it can do…

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It’s going to be so hard to review this book without spoilers, as there is a hella lot to talk about! But I’m going to try and keep this spoiler free 🙂

In a nutshell, the plot is centred solely around three armies who want to take Luthadel because they want the atium; therefore Vin, Elend and the crew will to do whatever it takes to protect it. This book challenges Elend’s leadership skills, as he’s in a position where people will look up to him. As you can tell from the title, this book is also about the mystery of The Well of Ascension, especially with the prophesied ‘hero’ and the deepness. Continue reading “Book Review: The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson”

Book Review: Mistborn, The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

6547258Edition: Paperback, 647 pages
Published by: Gollancz, 1st October 2009
Genre: Epic Fantasy, Fiction, High Fantasy
Rating: 3 stars
Completed: 20th April 2016

For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed.

For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear while the Lord Ruler reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, a divinely invincible leader. Hope is long lost, until a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa in the depths of the most hellish prison and discovered he has the powers of a Mistborn. A brilliant thief and natural leader, Kelsier will turn his talents to the ultimate caper: one with the Lord Ruler himself as the mark.
Only he’s not just planning the greatest heist in history, he’s plotting the overthrow of a divine despot.

Kelsier recruited the underworld’s elite, the smartest and most trustworthy allomancers, each of whom shares one of his many powers, and all of whom relish a high-stakes challenge. But even with the best criminal crew ever assembled, Kel’s plan looks like a long shot, until luck brings a ragged girl named Vin into his life. Like him, she’s a half-Skaa orphan, but she’s lived a much harsher life. Vin has learned to expect betrayal from everyone she meets, and gotten it. She will have to learn to trust, if Kel is to help her master powers of which she never dreamed.

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Mistborn is set in a world where ash constantly falls from the sky and this empire is ruled and controlled by a dark lord called the Lord Ruler and who is known as known as God of this world. There are two different classes – the lower class and the upper class. The lower class are called skaa – people who are enslaved. The upper class are called the nobles and they have access to this magic called allomancy, which involves swallowing and burning certain metals such as copper, zinc and pewter to enhance super strength and gain abilities. A normal allomancer can only use one power, but if they are able use up all metals, which is rare, then they are called a mistborn.

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Book Review: The Shining by Stephen King

897708Edition: Paperback, 497 pages
Published by: Hodder, Mass Market Paperback
Genre: Adult, Classics, Horror, Fantasy, Fiction, Supernatural, Suspense, Thriller
Rating: 4 stars

Danny was only five years old but in the words of old Mr Halloran he was a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father became caretaker of the Overlook Hotel his visions grew frighteningly out of control.

As winter closed in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seemed to develop a life of its own. It was meant to be empty, but who was the lady in Room 217, and who were the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why did the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?

Somewhere, somehow there was an evil force in the hotel – and that too had begun to shine…

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I’ve finally gotten around to reading my second Stephen King novel! And it had to be the Shining because its probably King’s most famous and best work. I prepared myself for a creepy and scary read.

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The Shining follows Jack Torrance who gets a new job as the caretaker of the Overlook hotel in Colorado Rockies and brings along his wife Wendy and five year old son Danny, who has the ‘shine,’ meaning he knows what people are thinking and can experience visions of what is going to happen. When a snowstorm hits the hotel, things start to go horribly wrong, as the hotel develops a mind of its own and Danny’s visions spiral out of control. Continue reading “Book Review: The Shining by Stephen King”

Review: Throne Of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

13519397Edition: E-Book, 404 pages
Published By: Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2nd August 2012
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Rating: 3 stars
Completed: 30th September 2015

Meet Celaena Sardothien.

Beautiful. Deadly.
Destined for greatness.

In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?


(Side Note: I forgot to published this last year, oops. I am currently catching up with writing all my reviews from last year!)

Ever since the 4th book was dropped, everyone has raving about how fantastic this series is, so I thought it’s high time I started reading it. I went into reading this knowing that I’m not going to like it, that it will be a mediocre read and most of all, knowing I am going to dislike the main character. This was all true in the reading experience. So I’m not too disappointed with it because it was expected.

To summarise: Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is acclaimed to be the ‘world’s most notorious assassin.’ One day, she got caught (so much for being an notorious assassin, eh?) and was sent to a death camp in Endovier to work as a slave for a punishment for her crimes. But then there was an offer that involves her freedom, which she could not refuse. The King is needs an assassin and decides to hold a competition, in which 23 Champions compete to win that title.

In short, essentially this is the Hunger Games meets Disney’s Cinderella with a Game of Thrones setting. Go figure.

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Review: More Than This by Patrick Ness

More-Than-ThisEdition: Paperback – Borrowed
Published by:
Candlewick Press, 22nd July 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars

A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies.

Then he wakes, naked and bruised and thirsty, but alive.

How can this be? And what is this strange deserted place?

As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife?

From multi-award-winning Patrick Ness comes one of the most provocative and moving novels of our time.


I feel like whatever I say in this review will be a spoiler. It is best to read this book knowing nothing, apart from the basic summary. I’ll try and keep this review brief and not reveal too much (hopefully). Continue reading “Review: More Than This by Patrick Ness”

Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

8621462Edition: Hardcover – borrowed, 215 pages
Published by: Walker Books
Genre: Childrens, Contemporary, Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do.

But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming…

This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

It wants the truth.


This was a really wonderful book. I wasn’t expecting much from it and really surprised me. This is a GEM. Continue reading “Review: A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness”